January 6th, 2019
1. In verses 1-4 we see how a complaint in the church was handled by the leadership: not a yes or no situation, but a remedy that included an additional set of leaders to head up the widows’ food ministry. WHAT DO YOU SEE AS SPIRIT GUIDED IN THIS REMEDY AS OPPOSED TO A FLAT ANSWER TO KEEP THINGS THE WAY THEY WERE OR TO STOP THE FOOD MINISTRY ALTOGETHER?
2. Some may charge that the apostles were trying to avoid the more hands on and tedious work of supervising the widows’ ministry, and instead devote themselves “to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.”. (verse 4). WHY WAS THE APOSTLES’ RESPONSE IMPORTANT NOT ONLY FOR THEM BUT FOR THE CHURCH? Reflect on further New Testament teaching in 1 Timothy 5:17 and 11 Timothy 4:1-5 to help here.
3. The names of the seven men put forward by the congregation to head the ministry to widows are all Greek names (reflecting the Hellenistic Jews mentioned in verse 1). HOW CAN WE FOLLOW THIS PATTERN OF SENSITIVITY IN OUR CHURCH TODAY? WHAT EXAMPLES HAVE YOU SEEN OF THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENING?